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17-01-2020 13:46

Tourist Arrivals: December 2019 Tourist Arrivals +3,5%

On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 110.330 in December 2019 compared to 106.563 in December 2018, recording an increase of 3,5%. December 2019 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month.

For the period of January – December 2019 arrivals of tourists totaled 3.976.777 compared to 3.938.625 in the corresponding period of 2018, recording an increase of 1,0% and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during a year (Table 1).

 

Analysis of changes

Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom increased by 4,2% in December 2019 compared to December 2018 while an increase of 51,0% was recorded for tourists from Israel. A decrease of 33,4% in tourist arrivals from Greece and 1,7% from Russia were recorded. Percentage changes from one year to the next for the main countries of usual residence of tourists are presented in Table 1.

Main countries

The United Kingdom constitutes the main source of tourism for Cyprus for December 2019, with a proportion of 30,3% while arrivals from Israel comprise 12,8% of total arrivals, from Greece 9,5% and from Russia 8,9% (Table 2).

Purpose of visit

For a percentage of 53,3% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in December 2019 was holidays, for 32,3% visit to friends and relatives and for 14,2% business (Table 3).

 

Table1

   

Country of usual residence

December

January -December

Tourist arrivals

% change 2019/18

Tourist arrivals

% change 2019/18

2017

2018

2019

2017

2018

2019

TOTAL

98.924

106.563

110.330

3,5

3.652.073

3.938.625

3.976.777

1,0

Austria

439

988

802

-18,8

40.473

45.888

44.538

-2,9

Belgium

651

616

1.451

135,6

27.089

28.231

26.077

-7,6

France

886

1.843

1.032

-44,0

35.931

36.500

31.114

-14,8

Germany

5.100

6.096

4.501

-26,2

188.826

189.200

151.500

-19,9

Denmark

180

133

252

89,5

34.990

43.063

40.568

-5,8

Switzerland (incl. Lichten.)

969

1.914

1.282

-33,0

57.540

74.216

67.534

-9,0

Greece

13.931

15.807

10.524

-33,4

169.712

186.370

171.512

-8,0

United Kingdom

28.218

32.065

33.401

4,2

1.253.839

1.327.805

1.330.635

0,2

Israel

10.048

9.324

14.077

51,0

261.966

232.561

293.746

26,3

Lebanon

1.920

1.935

2.663

37,6

58.273

62.255

58.796

-5,6

Norway

567

751

191

-74,6

54.342

55.273

60.782

10,0

Netherlands

498

912

885

-3,0

37.585

42.217

43.198

2,3

Ukraine

2.004

1.839

5.136

179,3

48.190

69.619

95.031

36,5

Poland

1.069

1.811

2.455

35,6

56.665

89.508

80.243

-10,4

Russia

12.307

9.990

9.818

-1,7

824.494

783.631

781.856

-0,2

Sweden

827

940

1.025

9,0

136.725

153.769

144.605

-6,0

Finland

49

136

121

-11,0

20.962

26.507

24.661

-7,0

Other

19.261

19.463

20.714

6,4

344.471

492.012

530.381

7,8

 

Table 2

 

 

 

Country of usual

residence of tourists

Percentage (%)

 

Dec18

Jan –   Dec18

Dec  19

Jan –   Dec  19

 

United Kingdom

30,1

33,7

30,3

33,5

30,1

Israel

8,7

5,9

12,8

7,4

8,7

Greece

14,8

4,7

9,5

4,3

14,8

Russia

9,4

19,9

8,9

19,7

9,4

 

Ukraine

1,7

1,8

4,7

2,4

1,7

Germany

5,7

4,8

4,1

3,8

5,7

Lebanon

1,8

1,6

       2,4

        1,5

1,8

Other countries

27,7

27,6

27,4

27,5

 

               

 

Table 3

Purpose of visit

Percentage (%)

Dec17

Dec18

Dec19

Holidays

51,4

51,1

53,3

Visiting friends & relatives

36,2

36,9

32,3

Business

12,4

11,9

14,2

 
         

 

METHODOLOGICAL NOTES

Definitions

Tourists – Visitors who stay for at least one night in Cyprus.

Tourist arrivals – The term refers to the number of trips and not to the number of persons. This differs in the sense that one person can take more than one trips during the reference period.

 

Source of data and coverage

The data are obtained from the Passengers Survey which is conducted in the arrivals and departures halls in the airports of Larnaka and Pafos, as well as from administrative sources such as the monthly arrivals at ports.

The survey covers all persons who pass through passport control at the ports and airports in the Government controlled area of Cyprus. It does not include travelers who arrive and depart illegally via ports and airports in the occupied part of Cyprus. 

The weighting of data is conducted based on the data sent to the Statistical Service by the Civil Aviation Department and from the ship manifests, as well as data sent by the Analysis and Statistics Office of the Cyprus Police.

 

For more information:

Statistical Service (CYSTAT) Website, subtheme Tourism 

 

Contact

Lucy Panayidou: Tel.:+35722602152, E-mail: lpanagidou@cystat.mof.gov.cy

 

(ND/SCH)